• Mayan Dude Ranch

Mayan Dude Ranch

The authentic Texan ranch experience

The Mayan Dude Ranch is a Texan icon, offering the authentic ranch experience in the heart of the countryside. Experience a place where time has stood still: mighty grills, trail rides and authentic accommodations create the atmosphere of a genuine working ranch plus the stunning location, set above the tranquil Medina River, only adds to the ambience. Take to the hills in one of the Lodge Rooms for great views over Bandera and the countryside or cosy up in an authentic native stone cottage and spend your days making the most of the surroundings. Fish, swim and ride to your heart’s content and when the sun goes down you can dine in true Texan style with a meat-heavy feast accompanied by great live entertainment.

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Guide Price

 £1,549  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
Away from it all
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Tripadvisor rating 441 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Stay in an authentic Texan cottage or lodge
  • Enjoy an array of natural activities
  • Head into Bandera – ‘The Cowboy Capital’ - for shopping
  • Experience the fun of a trail-ride
  • Established in 1951

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • Transfer duration: approx 1 hours from San Antonio.

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Ranch

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Mayan Dude Ranch

  • Away from it all
  • Approx 1 hours drive from San Antonio.
  • 47 miles North West of San Antonio in beautiful Hill Country
  • 348 acres of trails, panoramic views of the valleys
441 Reviews 94% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 381
  • Very Good 43
  • Average 9
  • Poor 4
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Nov 19, 2019

Perfect initiation to The “real” Texas

N Yorkshire, UK

We stayed at Mayan with friends and couldn’t have wished for a better experience. The ranch is family run and everyone was so friendly and welcoming it was almost as if they were long-time friends themselves! The family history was fascinating and it was wonderful to see the dynamic at work with obvious respect and love between family members all whom seem to be involved at some level. The resort is rustic so don’t expect 5star luxury but everything worked, was clean, comfortable and with a bed to get lost in! The 3 square a day was plentiful and varied. A multitude of activities every day with games, talks, rides, trails, etc etc. And all sorts planned every evening, with further games, hayrides, riding a longhorn, karaoke, roping or just sitting round the campfire. Just make sure you get a hoedown with Walker, Wade and Ryan - those boys were epic! Looking out for their album (Bandera Hicks?) we had such a great evening! Overall an unforgettable few days with good honest hospitality, great food and fantastic setting. Thanks to Ryan, Wade, Walker, Judy, Carli, and everyone.
Oct 22, 2019

Another amazing stay

Morden, United Kingdom

Just had another fantastic stay at the Mayan Dude Ranch. Never disappointed with our stay. Family welcome you all as family. Food always amazing and plentiful. Entertainment and activities fun for all ages. Hoping to come back some time. Sue & Gina
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Music and Dancing

To add to the experience, guests are treated to music and dancing shows throughout the summer season and sometimes in the off-peak season. Look forward to cowboy bands and other musical groups and enjoy a good old line dance.

Horse Riding

As with any good ranch, the Mayan Dude features a range of horses. Ride through the landscape and enjoy the Texan countryside the only way it should be enjoyed – on horseback.


As the ranch is so large and the activities so diverse, it takes a lot of walking to get around from one place to another. Why not instead take advantage of the hayride service to get there faster? Enjoy a traditional ride through the wilderness to the Cowboy Breakfast or maybe head out under the stars and stop by a friendly campfire for a sing-along.

Sports and Activities

Alongside the rides, the pool and the entertainment there are plenty of extra activities to be enjoyed. Why not try fishing, ping pong, tennis, basketball or volleyball in the free time left over during the day?

a large pool of water

Swimming Pool

If you want to cool down then take advantage of this Texan-sized swimming pool.

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Room Types

Standard Room

Standard Ranch Package

Guests are allocated either a traditional stone cottage or a scenic lodge for their stay. The native stone cottages feature cosy stone-walled interiors and come with either ne, two or three bedrooms whilst the lodges are situated at the highest points of the site and afford great views over the area and come with a main king bedroom and a separate two double bed room.

Standard ranch package includes three sumptuous meals daily, two  horseback rides and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks between 11:00am and 10:00pm. Meals include barbeques, Cowboy Breakfast cooked on the trail, steak frys, Mexican fiestas and more. 

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Food & Drink

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Food and Drink

Food and drink is offered across the site, from the Cowboy's Breakfast to the Riverside Gazebo. Start the day the proper way with a hearty meal in natural surroundings and finish the day on a high with plenty of food and entertainment by the Riverside Gazebo. Look forward to barbecues, grills, Mexican tastes and plenty of meat options.Guests are entitled to three meals a day, free drinks including wine, beer and soft drinks between 11:00am and 10:00pm.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

This full-board rate incorporates three meals a day as well as free wine, beer and soft drinks from 11:00am to 10:00pm and two horseback rides.